Governments bracing for slick roads
this winter are faced with a shortage of rock salt, caused by heavy demand
lingering from last year's harsh winter. Road crews could be forced to
use sand as an alternative, although it's not as effective as salt.
According to the Salt Institute, which
represents the world's major salt producers, the frigid winter last year
exhausted most salt reserves and led to unusually heavy demand this year.
The salt industry is nearing full capacity for the upcoming winter season.
Salt suppliers throughout the nation are operating at full capacity and still
having difficulty meeting demand. Many suppliers are turning away business
because of stressed supply.
--Land Line staff